Perspectives

Immigration policy: Why DACA matters to our state's future

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

by Eric W. Kaler, president, University of Minnesota and Doug Loon, president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

The Trump administration’s decision to seek a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has led to both uncertainty and opportunity. The action creates uncertainty for an estimated 800,000 young individuals in America, including more than 6,000 in Minnesota. It simultaneously creates an opportunity to design a permanent solution not just for these individuals but also to make our immigration system more responsive to the changing economy. Immigration reform is both long overdue and critically important to Minnesota’s livelihood.

The affected individuals in DACA are students in our K-12 system. They are students and scholars at the University of Minnesota and other state institutions of higher learning. And many are members of the workforce, filling the needs of our employers while paying taxes as productive members of Minnesota’s economy.

Read the editorial in the Star Tribune.

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